Proteas need to box smartly with ball - Duminy
Posted by: csa on Friday, 21 February 2014

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The Castle Lager Proteas will need to be street-smart with the ball to make further inroads into Australia's line-up in the second Sunfoil Test at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth. JP Duminy was the Proteas' star with the bat scoring 123 in the first innings total of 423 and says the bowlers will need to make use of the new-ball in the first session to pave the way in difficult conditions.  


"We know that tomorrow morning there will be a bit of carry for the first 10 overs but after that we are going to have to box smartly," Duminy said. "We may have to set straighter fields and so-forth but there is a big job ahead of us tomorrow." 


Duminy scored his first century on South African soil, and was relieved to reach the three-figure mark after having to wait two years since his last century against New Zealand in Wellington.


"There were a few butterflies around," he said of his feelings this morning. "I knew that today was going to be a big day for the team and for me personally. It was just about staying focused and taking it one ball at a time. For me it worked out well, the most important thing about today was that AB (de Villiers) and I built a big partnership, that was the main focus going into today. We always speak about trying to build a partnership of 120-plus and we did that today." 


Duminy and AB de Villiers shared a ground record sixth-wicket stand of 149 to give the Proteas a commanding first innings total, and feels patience was the foundation of his innings. 


"I thought Australia bowled really well, they hit good areas and straight lines," he remarked. "The key was to stay patient and to wait for the bad ball without losing wickets in the first session. We were always going to get an opportunity to score at some stage. My game plan against Lyon was to try and sweep him and to get my scoring options out there and it worked really well out there." 


He is also looking forward to making a contribution with the ball in the absence of frontline spinner, Robin Peterson.


"I guess I'm going to have to play a part with the ball at some stage tomorrow or the next day," he said. "That is going to be key, to make sure I'm playing my role which will be to hold up an end and to possibly get the odd wicket." 

Australia will resume on 112 for four with David Warner (65) and night-watchman Nathan Lyon (12) at the crease. 


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